Jean-Jacques Cornish

Inquest into Patrick Karegeya’s death begins

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The opposition Rwanda National Congress welcomes today’s (Thursday) opening of an inquest tomorrow the death of Colonel Patrick Karegeya at a Sandton hotel nearly five years ago.

The party insists Rwanda’s former spymaster was killed on orders from President Paul Kagame.

Rwanda National Congress executive member Etienne Murabazi says today’s hearing in the the Randburg Magistrates Court outside Johannesburg will determine whether the prosecution is ready to proceed.

It will decide on the date and venue for the inquest into the death of Colonel Patrick Karegeya.

Karegeya’s family and the Rwandan National Congress have expressed their gratitude to the South African authorities for the progress made in the pursuit of justice.

Murabazi says it is expected in any criminal trial with political overtones that there will be delays as the authorities try to avoid a hearing.

He says the RNC is certain Karegeya, who fled into exile in South Africa in 2007, was killed on orders from President Paul Kagame.

The denials from Kagame and his ministers are to be expected.

The killing at the luxurious Michalangelo Towers in Sandton marred bilateral relations between South Africa and Rwanda.

Then Justice Minister Jeff Radebe lashed out at foreign governments  seeking to perpetrate criminal acts in South Africa 

South Africa expelled three Rwandan diplomats alleged to have been connected to the killing on New Year’s eve in  2013.

Rwanda retaliated by expelling six South African diplomats in Kigali.


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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.